Post # 1
Hi everyone! My boyfriend and I aren’t officially engaged, but we’ve started looking at rings recently. As I’m quite picky, we’ve decided to design a ring together. I’m hoping he plans a cool proposal so there’s still some element of surprise when the time comes 🙂 I’ve known for a long time that I’ve wanted a pink center stone for my engagement ring, with a colorless diamond halo… or two! I’ve done a lot of research on my options for pink stones. Natural pink diamonds are a small fortune, so I looked in to lab created pink diamonds, pink sapphires, pink moissanite and pink morganite. I thought we would go through a smaller, independent jeweler, but of the ones we went to, we didn’t get a lot of positive feedback in terms of options for pink. I stopped in at Peoples a while back, the Canadian version of Zales, and was pleasantly surprised to come across a wonderful store manager who was interested in helping us. She brought in several pink sapphires to see. They were so beautiful, but I wasn’t 100% sold as they didn’t have that same rainbow sparkle as a diamond. And I’m a sucker for sparkly bling 🙂 She made some calls and was able bring in a coated pink diamond for us to see. The largest she could get was a 0.75 carat round brilliant cut. Because it’s coated, it doesn’t come with official certification but it was listed as a SI2-I1, though I couldn’t see any visible flaws under their loop. I thought it was stunning in person! My boyfriend went ahead and purchased it as they could only hold it for a day or two before having to send it back to the US, and he’s put a down payment for them to start custom making a setting. I’m just feeling a little panicky now as it seemed like such a quick decision to make after spending sooo much time researching! A lot of the research I’ve done on coated diamonds has been fairly negative. The main reasons being that sometimes coating is done to deceive the buyer and have them pay a much higher value than what the stone is actually worth, and because coating is not considered permanent as it can come off if the stone is exposed to high heat. I’m not worried about the deception part, as I knew right away about the coating. For me I’m not too worried about the lack of certification, as we’re buying it because the color is special to me, not because we want it valued at a fortune. We paid about $6000 for it, where as a natural pink diamond would have been in the tens of thousands or more! As for the permanency of the color, they assured me that special care would always be taken when cleaning or repairing my ring, and there are ways to avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures. Also, the lifetime warranty covers the coating, so if anything were to happen, the diamond would either be re coated or replaced. Sorry for the long winded post, I just wanted to give all of the information and see if anyone else has any experience with coated diamonds (or other coated stones such as pink moissy) to put my mind at ease! They have the diamond while they’re working on the setting, and the suspense is killing me 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 2
Here is a quick picture I snapped of my pink diamond in their diamond holder 🙂
Post # 3
I would have personally gone for a pink moissy if I wanted a sparkly pink stone. But if you love it and it has a lifetime warranty I wouldn’t stress.
Also. Festive nails.
Post # 4
If you’ve done a lot of research on coated diamonds and it comes with a lifetime warrenty then you shouldn’t worry about it. It does seem like the price is alittle high for an SI1 but this is the first time I’ve never heard of a coated diamond. It’s awsome you can get a pink diamond for so cheap. It’s really pretty and I’m sure once it’s in a setting you’ll love it.
Post # 5
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I don’t know about coated diamonds but did you mean 6k for the setting and stone or just the diamond? Just wondering.
Post # 6
JLo84: I wouldn’t worry about it.
I have a blue diamond which for the price we paid couldn’t possibly be naturally blue. I ‘think’ it is irradiated rather than coated but I didn’t actually ask so I cant be sure. I bought it because it is a diamond, so hard (I wanted Emerald but Jewellers advised me against it when I told them how hard I intended to be on my ring!) and I love the colour, I always wanted a coloured stone and the dark green, light blue, and teal shades this thing turns in different lights is beautiful.
If you have a lifetime warrantee then your ring will always look the way you love and you are buying it for love and not as an investment. I say enjoy.
Post # 7
Seems like an awful lot of money for such a low clarity, but if you love it thats what matters
Post # 8
Wait- was the diamond itself $6000? Does being coated give it more value? I looked up stats on Blue Nile and a 0.8 Color D with a very good cut and the same clarity is $4200 so if the diamond was actually $6000 that seems kind of overpriced unless the coating adds value.
Post # 9
Not to be a killjoy but I really don’t think that was the wisest purchase. Nothing wrong with a coated, SI diamond at all…it’s simply that the price paid for that size/specs was way too high IMO.
Post # 10
from what I understand (and I could be wrong) a color coated diamond is one that already had the color but was so light it was worth less (a pink stone looking really light brown, a blue looking light gray). So the treatment is to bring out the color to a level that would make it worth thousands more (but its treated so it’s not at the same level as a natural colored stone of the same hue)
i think it looks amazing personally. I’m a diamond girl so I would have gone for the diamond over the mossy or sapphire.
Show us the ring when you get it designed!
Post # 11
Very pretty. This is the first I’ve heard of coating diamonds.
Post # 12
Does the coating process make it more expensive? My diamond is the same size, G color, VVS2, ideal cut and it was around $2000 less than yours. I don’t think it was a mistake to buy it if it is what you wanted, but you might want to check to make sure they offered you a fair price.
Post # 13
LilLis: I also have a blue diamond, and those are created by irradiation.
colored stones are gorgeous – and your pink one is fabulous! 🙂
Post # 14
It’s a gorgeous rock! I also would be a little wary of price. My 1 carat F VVS2 was around the $6k mark. I would look further into the specs and value if I were you. Sorry :-/
Post # 15
Thanks for all of the opinions so far! As for the price… NEAM2014 was pretty much right on. The stone was initially a very faint pink/light brown, and the coating brightens up the stone and brings out the pink color, making it a fancy pink. The coating enhancement does increase the value, but not nearly to the extent of a naturally fancy colored stone. It allows the buyer to have a colored stone that if it were natural, would be tens or hundreds of thousands. The lab created pink diamonds as well as heat enhanced pink diamonds go for a very similar price as the coated ones. So while the cost is higher than a white/colorless diamond of similar specs, we were thrilled to be able to get an actual diamond with such a vibrant pink hue for less than 50k, which would have been faaaar out of our reach 🙂
The lifetime warranty does ease my mind about the longevity of the coating. Even if something does happen to it I know it’ll be fixed or replaced, I just hope that would be a very infrequent occurrence as once I have it I have it on my finger, it’ll be torture to have to take it off and send it in! I guess I’ll just have to make sure I have a nice band that I can wear on it’s own 🙂
LilLis and Gillykat824: I’d love to see a picture of your enhanced blue diamonds 🙂